Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic and a pinch of salt and sweat down without colour until the shallots have softened. Pour in the red wine, Port and add the thyme. Cook over a medium heat and reduce by three quarters. Pass the reduction through a fine sieve. In a clean saucepan bring the veal jus to the boil and add the red wine reduction to taste. The sauce will have a deep, rich colour. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper before passing the red wine jus through a sieve lined with a double-layer of muslin cloth.
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